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and women are convicted of hate crimes in ohio. perhaps this will ease the tension in paris as unveiled dedicated to islamic. it's midday in london. that's where the pakistani government declared a day of love for the prophet in an attempt to urge people to protest peacefully against an anti-islamic film made in the united states. some have ignored the message. there's been clashes after friday prayers in some cities. [applause] >> the government had called the peaceful protest, but here in northwest pakistan, they soon turned violent. these demonstrators attacking a sin mark in a city, setting it
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on fire. they've already been casualties in clashes where the police with one support reported to have been killed. it was the prime minister and his government who had made friday what they called a special day of love for the prophet muhammad. a chance for the entire nation to protest at what they see as the blasphemous video made in the united states. >> an attack of the holy prophet is an attack on the -- therefore, this is something that is unacceptable. >> there had already been clashes in the capital on thursday outside the united states embassy. fearing even worse today, the
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american government took the unusual step of placing this advertisement on pakistan television, hoping it would diffuse tensions. >> since our founding, the united states has been a nation that respects all fates. we reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of all others. >> but president obama's words have had no effect. there's been another protest today near in the u.s. embassy in the capitol. people here in this conservative religious society were already hostile to the united states. now the offensive american video has caused a surge of anger and the pakistan government has given them a national holiday to take the street. >> protest against that anti-islamic film continue in other parts of the world,
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including the malaysian capital. police say more than 2,000 people protested in front of the u.s. embassy. google has blocked access to clips of the u.s. produced film in malaysia. one muslim makes up 60% of the population. protests were also seen in thailand where once again, the u.s. embassy in bangkok was the focus of protest. nearly 1,000 people gathered there peacefully demonstrating about that film. in the middle east, the city of basra in southern iraq has seen large scale protest. thousands took to the street to demonstrate and burn the u.s. and israeli flag. this has been a largely peaceful gathering. violence has been targeted over a paris-based magazine published a series of cartoons of the prophet muhammad. while france has closed embassy, consulates and talks in 20 countries fearing a backlash. let's get more, kristin frazier
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has more on this. christian, interesting news by the french authorities. not entirely surprising, i think. >> no, they were very quick out of the block on wednesday in light of the protest we've seen over the week. they're worried about being stung by the backlash by these u.s. embassies have suffered and the foreign minister was quick to improve and enhance security in 20 countries. there's also protection for french schools and there's a travel warning for french people as well. and there was talking on the ground, in cairo saying when you put the video and the cartoons together, you see the goals between the west and islam. and that's the concern that suddenly, they're being grouped with the united states and they do fear that they may seem spectacular protest -- similar protests outside french
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embassies. i think the thing you can say is it's consistently provocative to coincide with the day of prayer is obviously not great and it's been seen in that way here in france, but i think french people recognize it doesn't have particularly wide readership. and i think they would also recognize that these cartoons would be seen as offensive by muslims as well. it's always been crude and cruel. it doesn't reserve its attacks purely for islam. it's run similar cartoon strips about the catholic and the pope. but in this case, they've been lampooning the reaction around the world to the film that was made in america. they're poking fun at fundamentalism. it's open to interpretation which of these cartoons are muhammad but the point charged
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the editor is making is whenever they run a series of cartoons, a very different reaction from society and from muslims than they would if they run something else attacking another religion. >> christian, let's just explore the international reaction now. you've seen french government reaction. we've seen the u.s. government desperately or passionately trying to calm down these fears and governments across the globe. this is addressed an international attitude, hasn't it? >> well, it has. and i think that's the reason why you've got thised a vert running in pakistan today from the u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, trying to put across the position of governments and the french government reacted in much the same way. on wednesday, while very careful not to encroach on the idea of the freedom of speech, he was saying we need to find a balance. this pours oil on the fire. and he asks all publications to
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think of french people who were abroad. i think at the moment, we've had quite a sensible reaction from muslims in france that did request a demonstration on saturday. that's been rejected by the government because the protests outside the u.s. embassy was violent. the point the french foreign minister is making is we don't need to invite this violence into our own country. one of the things and i'm reading social networking site is why is it ok for him to run a series of cartoon like this but it's not all right for us to demonstrate? you would have to say they do have an argument there. >> indeed. thank you, christian. in other news, 16 men and women are facing lengthy prison terms for their conviction of casting attacks on fellow amish in ohio. it focuses on an amish dispute that offered a rare glimpse into the close community.
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>> this is samuel mullet, leader of the breakaway amish group who have been found guilty of hate crime. violence is extremely rare in the amish community but last year, he ordered 15 of his followers to cut the hair of nine of his own people because they dared to criticize his religious teachings. mullet was described in court as a senegaly character who was very controling and who inflicted bizarre punishments on members of his breakaway group he want allegedly forced members to sleep for days at a time in a chicken coupe and had sex with some of the married women under the guise of counseling. the amish believe the bible instructs the women to grow their hair long and men to grow beard after mirage as a sign of religion devotion. cutting it off is a huge violation in the amish community. >> these were no mere haircuts. these were violent attacks that
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left the victims in this case, so shaken, degraded and scared that they felt compelled to call on local law enforcement for their own protection even though they do not typically do so. >> lawyers for mullet and his followers say their leader just wanted the nine victims to return to a more conservative amish lifestyle. the group will be sentenced sometime next year. >> let's take a look at some of the other stories making headlines around the world today. the last of the 33,000 additional troops sent by u.s. president obama to afghanistan have left the country. although the so-called surge has gone, there from still 68,000 american forces in the country. the number of american troops peaked around 101,000 last year. japan's prime minister yoshihiko noda has won a party leadership vote against three challengers and will remain as prime
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minister. the leadership vote is a requirement that is held once many two years. the local media reports that he won the society vote with a convince majority. ing a sis they say are concerned about the shelter in south -- the red scross cross-says a shortage of clean water means people have to dink dirty water making children vulnerable to diseases. the camp are on the verge of a major outbreak of the disease. let's go back to our main story this hour. the pakistani government has earlier declared a day of love for the prophet. this is an attempt to urge people to protest peacefully against the anti-islamic film. let's get more. what can you tell us about the mood of the pakistani
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government? >> well, it is a careerly calculation they've tried to say have your day and they've say get it out of your system but i have to say i'm back outside the diplomatic enclave which is where we were yesterday where we saw thousands of protesters and once again, there are at least a couple of thousand protesters who have made their way here. there have been shipping container who is have been put down at the entrances to this diplomatic enclave. one of those has been pushed over with people's bare hands. so that gives you a sense of the passion within this crowd right now. we've heard live rounds in the last few minutes. we've had a sea of gas fire into the ground but this launch here, a lot of them with sticks and throwing rocks seemed pretty determined but they're not getting very far at the moment into the ebb clarify towards the embassies but so they're
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certainly trying. >> about the international reaction to this. governments do need to say something. the pakistani government has obviously recognized it. >> yes. i mean, they've declared this national day of protest. it's also, you could just see a -- hear a more live around around me -- round around me right now. the done that. they've blocked youtube across the country. and they've also -- this morning, the prime minister gave a speech, very much empathizing with the view of those who are very hurt by this video saying that it is an insult to islam and to 1.5 billion muslims and of such is not something that is acceptable. but even then, this has been a calculation to try and calm people down and divert the people pennsylvania away from
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people attacking pakistani government buildings and that sort of thing but a lot of the anger here and a lot of the anger -- >> -- >> own authorities here. >> i think we're going to leave it there. we have a little bit of a technical problem with your line. we just caught the end of what you were saying. thank you for bringing us up to date. still to come on "g.m.t.," new tensions emerge between islam and the west about europe's largest collection of islamic arts goes on show in paris. in the north of england, robbers brazenly -- worth $1.6 billion in just a few minutes in full view of shoppers. they have an act and crowbar. here is the report. >> yesterday evening, one of manchester's smartest department
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stores was full of customers, mass men stormed inside and committed a robbery. smashing cases with crowbars and more than 100 watches were stuffed. more than 100 pounds worth of watch was gone in 80 seconds according to the owners of the watch concession. the show room itself -- police say the jewelry taken is likely to be sold off in less luxurious surroundings. >> we don't encourage any member of the public who is off for the high end high value watch to contact the watch -- contact the police. give us a show and we can make the necessary inquiries to see about these items. >> when they grabbed what they could, the men swept back out of the shop wait aggregateaway car. it was later found abandoned. today, it was business as usual,
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apart from the empty cases. the watch department here is closed. they're assessing the damage. some of the watches they sell real retailing for more than 20,000 pounds each. the police say that the thieves were very particular about exactly which timepieces they took. as the shop was open and busy at the time of the raid, many saw what happened. detectives want anyone with information to get in touch. >> in washington here are the headlines this hour. demonstrators ignore a call from the pakistani government to reject violence as they object to a reportedly anti-islamic film. 16 amish extremists have been convicted of hate crimes for
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forcibly cutting the beards and hairs of their member's community. plenty going on in the world of business. jamie is here. for years, we've been hearing about e.m.i. and it's trouble and whether or not it's going to find a way out of its trouble. >> it may have. we may finally have gotten to the end game about e.m.i. being bought by universal. the european commissioner has said yes. it has to sell off a number of its labels and they include artists like cold play, pnik floyd. -- pink floyd. 12k0 however, the conditions
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which should be imposed question is it too much? >> it is very significant that e.m.i. recording is going have to be sold. one of the big labels out there, home to cold play to kylie minogue. that's a very serious investment and there are other movable labels that are going to go on. taken all that together, you have to ask whether this is actually a deal that universal will want to push through? whether it's been asked to do too much and how badly it still wants to take over e.m. primplet which -- which do you prefer losing the who or kylie minogue? >> the who. >> never mind. let's talk about -- you can't judge things by the cover. let's talk about -- >> more serious.
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>> well, how many times have we talked about whether they are getting a clear message out? >> but the problem is the stock has been stuck between a rock and a hard place. the latest thing is the social security level which has gone from 11% to 80%. people are losing their salaries and the political protest is getting so much -- the social democrats poll rating has gone down. can the government hold it together? if they don't, the question is then, they will not live up to the conditions of their bailout fund and until it starts to disappear. this is why i say it's a rock and a hard place. this is what jane foley who is an economist says. >> there is potential room for renegotiations to where that burden should really fall and the other bigger question is
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will there be more room for negotiations between the morning goes a government and the european government to relax things at the -- even an even more time to achieve the budget deficit target? they have been relaxed and they may not be a lot of appetite in europe for that to happen again. >> it's a big if. we're talking about how much to renegotiate that bailout package? about the money which now -- portugal is getting from the bailout fund. they can't really go back to the market. they went to the market every day but the only reason they did, because they've been backed by money from europe. if that money were to go away, where do they borrow it from? >> too many questions when it comes to europe. you'll spend the rest of your years answering these questions about europe. jamie, thank you. let's move on. united states defense secretary has heralded a new era in
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military relations with new zoe land after the lifting on a naval ban. the relationship touhy the two countries soured with both countries banning each other's ship from entering its port. >> this is the first time in 30 years that an american defense secretary has visited new zealand. leon panetta was here to lift the ban on new zealand trip docking on american port. it started in 1986 after new zealand stopped nuclear vessels after they stopped america in its port. the united states needs new zealand as part of its strategy re-engaging with pacific nations. >> one of the elements of the strategy, the defense strategy that we put in place is aimed at trying to develop a rotational presence by the united states in this area that involves greater
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exercises, greater training, greater systems with the countries in this region and as i mentioned to the minister, i hope that we will be able to engage in those kinds of exercises in the near future. i think it would be beneficial. >> the expansion of china's armed forces is what concerns washington. although official chinese spending is far behind, the americans believe the truth is much higher. this week, a intelligent of american marines leaves northern australia after a six-month stay. another sign of closer u.s. ties in the region. those marines will be back here next year in greater numbers. all parts of an incremental and unmistakable pattern of a growing american presence in the pacific. >> leon panetta was treated to a -- during his visit to new zealand. the united states is putting the pacific to the top of its
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strategic priorities in case future dangers are less thee @really a. >> tension in france the louvre museum is -- in is opening a new wing today. here's more from paris. >> the louvre museum's pyramid stings one of the most popular attractions in paris. for the first time since that was built, there is a new gallery inside this palace of art. the roof seems to float within the neo-classical courtyard housing the largest collection of islamic art in europe. it's a statement of france's determination to remain at the forefront of diplomacy and engagement for the iran world and the middle east. the gallery's largest donor to the tune of $20 million, says the engagement must work both ways. >> after 9/11 events, all iran
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muslims have the duty and responsibility to do as much as they can to tell the west about real muslims and how peaceful the region is. >> on display is art from the seventh to the 19th century. the islamic world once stretched across many countries and art from jewish and christian communities is also included. the curatters of the gallery says there's a lot more to islam than the current conflicts making the headlines. >> we have to make, and to say that there is a difference between what was the muslim civilization, the islam civilization and its contribution to world history and what is happening now. and you can't judge to what is happening now. it would be really unfair. >> this gallery shows an islamic culture and civilization which is refined, spiritual and centuries old. but if i walked just 30 minutes
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north of here, and i find myself in a part of the city which is very multi-culture with many muslims and the islamic culture which is at odds with the french state. around five million people, france has europe's largest muslim population. in recent gears, there have been tensions over the head scarfs and the veils and the wider national debate about french identity. >> this is very interesting to study the relationship that the government has with the muslim. the government perceive islam as a cultural element, as an element of history and it doesn't see the islamic history connects with the local mousse limb living in france. >> this gallery has been a decade in the making and while it focuses on the radiance of a past civilization, it will escape no one but it opens in the face of real current tensions between islam and the west.
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>> let me remind you of our top story on "g.m.t.." miss -- in pakistan, a government declared special day of love for the prophet muhammad has been largely ignored since violent clashes have been seen resulting in at least one death. >> make sense of international news at >> funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank.
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